Guitar Player is honored to help Goldenvoice bring Steve Vai to San Francisco. Vai is one of the greatest guitar shredders of all time, a seminal figure in the instrument’s development, a key figure in rock history, and founder of the great guitar-oriented record label, Favored Nations. The label is home to maestros of all stripes including Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Lukather, Eric Johnson, and Larry Carlton.
“I feel very privileged to continue to enjoy the career I’ve been blessed with,” Vai told GP. “The success of Favored Nations is extra-special to me because it feels great to do something that benefits the guitar-playing community at large.”
Vai’s own playing—which includes some of the most unbelievable two-hand tapping and involved harmonic structures ever conjured—has been recognized with a litany of awards, including an even dozen from Guitar Player. Vai’s full discography encompasses more than 60 albums, including many with Frank Zappa, and others from his stints with David Lee Roth and Whitesnake. Vai’s solo highlights include 1990’s groundbreaking Passion and Warfare, and 2007’s Sound Theories Vol. 1 & 2, performed with the Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest.
Vai’s brand new release, The Story of Light, is his 16th solo album. It follows the cosmic journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption. Largely instrumental, it also spotlights guest vocalists including Beverly McClellan, a season one finalist on The Voice, appearing on “John the Revelator.” McClellan will be on the bill October 9th.
Vai’s signature instruments include the Ibanez JEM and its sister model the RG, which are among the most successful signature series guitars in history. The innovative Vai also designed the first commercially available modern 7-string electric guitar, the Ibanez Universe.
In 1998, Vai helped establish the Make a Noise Foundation to provide instruments and music education to young musicians without means.
Steve Vai has certainly done more than his share for the guitar community. Now it’s time for the Bay Area guitar community to do it’s share and show its appreciation for Vai. Get your tickets to see Steve Vai at the Regency Ballroom Here right now.
Check out “Gravity Storm” from The Story of Light.
Guitar Player Presents Steve Vai with Beverly McClellan
Tuesday, October 9th at the Regency Ballroom
1300 Van Ness Ave
SF, CA, 94109 (415) 673-5716
6:30 pm doors; 7:30 pm show; All Ages
Free Guitar Player magazines, D’Addario strings, and Planet Waves accessories
Advanced Tix: $37.50 - $49.50 + fees
Day of Show: $40.00 - $49.50 + fees
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